Register to vote in Scotland

Last updated: 14 March 2017

The 'electoral register' lists the names and addresses of everyone who's registered to vote. You need to be on it to be able to vote in elections and referendums.

Register now

You can also register by post.

You may need the following, if you have them:

  • National Insurance number
  • passport if you're a British citizen living abroad

After registering

The form will be sent to your local electoral registration officer. They'll contact you to confirm that you've been registered to vote.

Registering anonymously

You may be able to register anonymously if you're worried about being listed on the electoral register.

You'll need to:

  • explain why your safety, or the safety of another person in your house, would be at risk
  • provide evidence to support your application

Registering if you don't have a permanent address

You can register to vote without a fixed address by:

  1. filling out a form
  2. printing it
  3. signing it
  4. sending it to your local electoral registration office

Download the form to apply to vote without a permanent address.

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote when you are:

  • aged 14 or older for Scottish Parliament and council elections
  • aged 16 or older for UK Parliament and European Parliament elections

You can't vote until you're:

  • aged 16 or over Scottish Parliament and council elections
  • aged 18 or older for UK Parliament and European Parliament elections

Ways to vote

The GOV.UK ways to vote guide explains how to vote:

  • in person at a polling station
  • by post
  • by proxy - getting someone else to vote for you

Voting when you're abroad

The GOV.UK voting when you're abroad guide explains what to do if:

  • you'll be abroad on election day
  • you've moved abroad
  • you're serving abroad in the armed forces
  • you're a crown servant or British Council employee